Delicate Bait

Contents

I

Aunt El   

 3

Outside of Town   

 5

Destin   

 6

Reading the Latest History of the Bomb   

 7

Spinout   

 8

The Next One   

 10

Listening   

 11

Go Ahead   

 14

Strange Bloom   

 15

At the Mall, Late   

 16

To Molly on Her Sixteenth Birthday   

 17

Truth of the Matter   

 18

There We Are   

 20

Venice, 1979   

 22

Repairman   

 23

Motels   

 24

Taxi Dancer, Montana, 1936   

 26

Museum of Local History   

 27

Why We're Here   

 29

Retirements in the Neighborhood   

 30

Clearing in the West   

 31

Thrown Back Light   

 32

On a Chinese Scroll, Composing Poetry on a Spring Outing 

        (Late 12th Century)   

 33

Letter to Jim Doyle   

 35

For a Christening in Innishannon   

 37

Milton's Grave   

 38

The Table   

 39

Delicate Bait   

 41

An Afternoon's Walk   

 44

Alone in the House

46

Summers at the Lake   

 48

Planting Trees   

 49

 

 

II

Digging: Metal and Glass 

53

No Distance   

 54

For Instance   

 55

Now and a Pile of Sticks   

 58

The Way Two Horses Stand   

 59

Reasonable Conversation   

 60

These Days   

 62

Local Habitation   

 63

Free Fall   

 66

Wire Fences   

 68

Man Walking Home With a Stick   

 69

Middle of the Street   

 71

Farmers   

 73

Glancing Out the Window   

 74

Accidental Archaeology   

 75

Farming   

 76

The Place We Came Ashore   

 77

Dispersal   

 78

The Meadow   

 79

Naming the Grasses   

 81

Yes   

 83

Bad Sit   

 86

Wind From the South   

 88

The Fox   

 89

Free Coaster   

 90

Crystal of Gloom   

 92

Gully   

 93

Love Song, in Phoebe   

 95